Found February 06, 2014 on
PLAYERS: Asante Samuel
TEAMS: Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons made two transactions on Wednesday, cutting veterans Asante Samuel and Stephen Nicholas in moves that freed up a total of $7.5 million in cash and $6.5 million in cap space. Samuel was seen as a steal by fans and columnists back two years ago when the Falcons acquired the four-time Pro Bowler from the Philadelphia Eagles for a sixth round pick, but his fairly successful 2012 season (5 INTs with 1 touchdown along with 34 tackles) was followed up by a dud in 2013. Hampered by injuries that sidelined him for five games, a considerable amount of Samuel’s numbers either tied or set new career-lows, including games played (11), interceptions (1), interception return yards (1), and assisted tackles (1). Considering his struggles along with the emergence of rookies Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford, it was not much of a surprise to see the Falcons part ways with the thirty-three year old. Samuel’s tenure with the Falcons was lackluster in the end (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images North America) Nicholas, who was a fourth round pick by the team back in 2007, was a backup for the better part of his seven seasons, apart from the 2012 campaign when he started 15 games and recorded 71 tackles with 2 sacks. Nicholas became expendable thanks to the great play of rookies Paul Worrilow and Joplo Bartu, who quickly proved that their potential and lower salaries were more suitable for the Falcons. With more money now freed up (Atlanta has a projected $21.2 million in cap space), who will the Atlanta Falcons target in free agency? General manager Thomas Dimitroff typically likes to solve the majority of the team’s issues through the draft, which should bring in one of the best offensive tackles or defensive ends available to the team. Dimitroff is preparing for what looks to be the most important offseason of his career Meanwhile, we could see the Falcons try to sign a veteran offensive guard or another tackle to try to give the a new identity to the 2014 O-Line, which could see a player like Kansas City’s Branden Albert or St. Louis’ Harvey Dahl, the former Falcon who some believe could be a cap casualty with the Rams. Atlanta may go the route they pursued last year and try to hit a home run in free agency at a position like tight end (although I doubt Jimmy Graham leaves NOLA) or defensive end (Bengals and former Georgia Tech end Michael Johnson would be a name to watch), but the vibe that is surrounding the team right now makes it look as if they are in conservative mode leading up to May’s draft.

Falcons cut corner Asante Samuel, linebacker Stephen Nicolas

getty images The Atlanta Falcons cut cornerback Asante Samuel and linebacker Stephen Nicolas on Wednesday. Samuel, 33, had fallen into a backup role with the Falcons by the end of the year. His cut will clear over $4 million in cap space for the Falcons in 2014. While the four-time Pro Bowlers best days are behind him there should be a few teams willing to add him for nickle coverage...

Falcons cut Asante Samuel, Stephen Nicholas

The Atlanta Falcons have decided to part ways with veteran cornerback Asante Samuel and linebacker Stephen Nicholas, the team announced on Wednesday.The Falcons have released CB Asante Samuel and LB Stephen Nicholas today:— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) February 5, 2014Samuel, the 11 year pro once thought to be one of the elite corners in the game...

Atlanta Falcons dump two former starters today to clear cap room

The Atlanta Falcons have started the process of changing the roster for next season by releasing veteran cornerback Asante Samuel and linebacker Stephen Nicholas. Both players lost their starting positions as the Falcons struggled to a 4-12 record. Samuel, who was drafted in New England by new Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli, was benched in favor of rookie cornerback...

Falcons release veterans Nicholas, Samuel

The Atlanta Falcons have released two former longtime starters, cornerback Asante Samuel and linebacker Stephen Nicholas, from their defense. The 33-year-old Samuel started only 10 games in 2013, when the Falcons finished a disappointing 4-12. He was a spectator down the stretch as the team turned to rookie cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford. Samuel, who began his career...

Falcons Release LB Nicholas, CB Samuel

  Releasing Stephen Nicholas and Asante Samuel were necessary roster moves. (Kevin C. Cox) The Atlanta Falcons have parted ways with linebacker Stephen Nicholas and cornerback Asante Samuel, saving $6.5 million in the process. $4.5 million cap savings for Falcons with release of Samuel. $2 millon savings with letting go of Nicholas.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) February 05...

Falcons Release Former Patriots Cornerback Asante Samuel

The Atlanta Falcons are moving on from Asante Samuel. Samuel was cut by the Falcons on Wednesday after two seasons with the team. The Falcons also released linebacker Stephen Nicholas on the day in a couple cap-clearing moves. Samuel, 33, lost his starting cornerback spot to rookie Robert Alford during the season and never seemed to be quite the same player as he was during his first...

Falcons Cut Samuel, Nicholas

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Falcons release Asante Samuel and Stephen Nicholas

The Atlanta Falcons today announced that they have released linebacker Stephen Nicholas and cornerback Asante Samuel. Nicholas, 6-3, 236 pounds, played in 101 games with 51 starts in seven seasons with the Falcons. He logged 397 total tackles (284 solo) with 10 sacks, two interceptions, five forced fumbles, and 12 passes defensed. Nicholas was selected by the Falcons in the fourth...

Falcons free up cap room by cutting CB Asante Samuel

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports reports that the sources have informed him that the Falcons have released CB Asante Samuel and LB Stephen Nicholas on Wednesday. The post Report: Falcons Release CB Asante Samuel & LB Stephen Nicholas appeared first on NFL Trade Rumors -.

Speculative Options For Recently Released CB Asante Samuel

The news of the day came from the Atlanta Falcons when it was first reported by Alex Marvez of Fox Sports that they had released four-time Pro Bowler CB Asante Samuel and LB Stephen Nicholas. Atlanta obviously could use the cap space, and Samuel is coming off of an underwhelming 2013 season and would have counted $5.25 million against the team’s 2014 salary cap. Brent Sobleski...

Falcons cut defensive veterans Samuel, Nicholas

By cutting two former starting defensive players -- four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel and linebacker Stephen Nicholas -- the Atlanta Falcons began the offseason re-tooling of their roster. Neither move came as a surprise. Samuel was benched in the final four games of the season in favor of rookie Robert Alford, a second-round pick. Nicholas, who started 51 games in seven...

Report: Atlanta Falcons Cut Cornerback Asante Samuel

Per FoxSports1 Senior NFL reporter, Alex Marvez, the Atlanta Falcons have released cornerback Asante Samuel. The move does not come as a surprise as the Falcons will only receive a $750K “dead money” hit against their cap for releasing him, while freeing up $4.5 million without his salary. Samuel was expected to be a cornerstone in the team’s secondary when they signed him...

Falcons Cut Asante Samuel

The first of many high profile cuts to come. Source tells @FOXSports that CB Asante Samuel & LB Stephen Nicholas were cut today by @Atlanta_Falcons — Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) February 5, 2014

Asante Samuel cut by Atlanta: Could a New England reunion be in the works?

Damian Strohmeyer/ SIIt's that time of year when NFL teams start to shed bad contracts like they're going out of style. With free agency looming, overpaid veterans around the league will hit the chopping block, with their teams looking to clear up cap space for the offseason.The Atlanta Falcons got a head start to their spring cleaning last night, and its a name Patriots...
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